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Boonsboro grows up, knocks down Leopards

January 16, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro boys basketball team has endured its share of growing pains this season.

Tuesday night against rival Smithsburg, the Warriors finally found relief.

Boonsboro hit 50 percent of its shots in the first half to take a 36-25 lead and the Warriors cruised to a 62-43 MVAL Antietam victory - its second win in three games after a 1-9 start.

"If we hit a couple baskets early, it allows us to focus more," said Boonsboro coach John Taylor. "Generally, when we've been down in games we tend to take some bad shots, but the boys were really up for this game."

Boonsboro (3-10, 2-3) hit 6 of 9 shots to open the game and took a 14-5 lead just four minutes in. Seth Poffenberger scored six points and Jake Pendergraft dished out four assists as the Warriors led 22-16 at the end of the first quarter.

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The Warriors used a 9-0 run in the second quarter to up the lead to 36-22. Smithsburg (3-8, 1-4) suffered through a scoring drought of more than five minutes before Jason Kendall hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.

"We didn't shoot the ball well and we didn't play well," said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber. "I don't think we came out with the intensity we needed, and we're not a good enough team to do that."

The shooting woes continued for Smithsburg, which finished 16-for-56 from the field (28.6 percent). Often, the Leopards settled for 3s instead of getting the ball to inside men Steve Whitt and Dan Rishell. The Leopards hit just 4 of 24 from beyond the arc.

"We didn't go inside-out like we wanted. Either with dribble penetration or feeding the post, we didn't do a good job," Gerber said. "I certainly hoped that we would come out in the second half and play a little better than we did."

Boonsboro rolled with the momentum and used a 12-2 spurt spanning the third and fourth quarters to take a 55-37 lead with 5:03 left. Shane Zbir scored 10 of his game-high 14 points in the second half to go with seven rebounds, while Tyler Walsh added 10 points and Pendergraft finished with eight assists.

"We played well from top to bottom and we're starting to play better as a whole," Taylor said. "I basically set a goal for these guys to turn this season around. We just have to continue to be aggressive on both ends."

Rishell led Smithsburg with 12 points and nine rebounds.

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